Flat Feet Specialists in Downtown & Midtown, NY

Gotham Footcare

Podiatrists located in New York, NY

Taking care of your foot is important. A common foot type is flat feet. It can be either symptomatic or asymptomatic, flexible or rigid. Flat feet in infants and toddlers is normal. Due to an undeveloped longitudinal arch, children’s feet appear flat. As the bones in the foot fully develop, normal arches appear by adulthood. For those dealing with flat feet, arch supports, various therapies, and other treatments can be provided by Dr. Miguel Cunha, and the team of physicians at Gotham Footcare’s Midtown and Downtown Manhattan offices in New York.

Flat Feet Q & A

What are flat feet?

Pronation is a term used to describe the inward leaning motion of the foot and ankle bones towards the arch. The amount of pronation correlates with arch height. The more a person pronates, the flatter the arch will be. Many people who over-pronate do not experience any pain or discomfort. When flat feet become symptomatic, a thorough foot evaluation is recommended. 

What causes flat feet?

Posterior Tibial Tendonitis or Adult Acquired Flatfoot is another term used to describe the Painful progressive flatfoot. This occurs when the posterior tibial tendon gets inflamed or injured. The posterior tibial tendon helps to hold the arch in proper position and when this tendon in damaged, a painful lowering or collapse of the arch develops. Chronic rigid flat foot and functional limb length discrepancies can occur if left untreated. Severely rigid flat feet can also lead to posterior tibial tendonitis due to the constant strain of the tendon.

What is the treatment for flat feet? 

Treatment for symptomatic flatfeet includes topical and oral Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, taping and strapping, ice and massage therapy, passive and active physical therapy, and proper fitting arch supports. Always discuss oral medication with your primary care physician prior to taking it. When conservative therapy does not alleviate the symptoms of painful flat feet, surgery may be necessary. Surgery may be required to repair damaged soft tissue structures such as tendons and ligaments. In severe flatfoot cases, midfoot joint implants and/or bone repair may be required.

In an effort to minimize out-of-pocket expenses, we accept most managed care plans and insurance providers. For any questions regarding insurance, please contact our offices.

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